Featured image: Dean Matthews Photography [Facebook]


Magical Mackems is a page dedicated to bigging up the people and places that make us incredibly proud to be from Wearside.


This week, we’re paying tribute to Dean Matthews, the exceptionally talented photographer from the North East who has tragically passed away.


We’re deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Dean Matthews, an exceptionally talented photographer who helped us all to see the beauty of our region.

An extremely popular and beloved figure across our city, Dean was a regular photographer at the Stadium of Light and his images have both delighted and inspired people across the world.

Here’s how the city is paying their respects… 



Sunderland AFC tweeted:

We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Dean Matthews. A regular @StadiumOfLight and an exceptional photographer, Dean always captured our club and our city at its very best. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. Rest in peace, Dean” 


Fans Museum tweeted:
Heartbreaking news hearing that @Dean_Matthews_ passed away today. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends, an image we are immensely proud of, that Dean shot, you will always be with us Dean”
Station Taxis tweeted:

“We are devastated to hear the news that Dean Matthews, has passed away following a battle with Covid-19. Dean worked as a driver at Station Taxis for a number of years, but most people will probably know him best for his exceptional work as a photographer. Rest in Peace Dean”



In a poignant tribute, a calendar has been produced as a gesture of support by My Local Calendar and it features 12 regional photographers who have included stunning shots from our region’s most iconic landmarks.

£6 from each sale will go directly to the family who have lost their husband and father.


You can purchase the memorial calendar here: mylocalcalendar.co.uk


A crowdfunding page has also been set up for Dean by Michael and Liam Mcgrath. It’s hoped that the page will raise enough funds to help secure a memorial bench along our stunning seafront and ensure his memory is an ever present fixture on the coastline.


Any additional funds left over from the bench will be given to Deans family. You can find the link to the crowdfunding page here: justgiving.com


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